Could these be the most comfortable cycling shorts ever? Are you sitting comfortably? If you’re not, then the Airide chamois (or padded insert) might be for you. It’s claimed by its makers to be a “revolution in cycling pad technology” and is currently on Kickstarter where it’s hoping to gain £20,000 in funding.
What leads the inventors to claim this new chamois is the most advanced yet? It puts it down to the 3D spacer fabric it’s constructed from. Most padded inserts are typically made from a polyurethane foam, with many different types of foam used depending on the design and the price of the shorts.
The Airide chamois uses 3D spacer fabric, which is produced using a special knitting manufacturing process that creates a three-dimensional fabric. Available in varying thicknesses from 3 to 20mm, it’s more commonly used in mattresses and office chairs.
The fabric has been developed at the University of Bolton (link is external) in a project led by Professor of Technical Textiles at the University’s Institute for Materials Research and Innovation, Professor Subhash Anand MBE, and local company T3 Sports Technology (link is external) . They have worked together to bring the fabric to the cycling market and […]